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Robert Lee Yates

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has again rejected an effort by serial killer Robert Yates to overturn his conviction and death sentence.

Yates contends he received ineffective counsel during his 2002 trial in which he received the death penalty. His conviction and sentence were affirmed by the high court in 2007.

State law requires that personal restraint petitions must be filed within one year of the judgment and sentence becoming final.

But Yates waited seven years to file his petition, so the Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected it as untimely.

In a plea deal, Yates pleaded guilty to murdering a total of 13 women in Spokane, Walla Walla and Skagit counties. He was later convicted of murdering two women in Pierce County and sentenced to death for those crimes.

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7 comments

  • tootietuttle

    how much did the state pay for lawyers on his behalf?? I understand that he has a right to legal vultures, but do we need to pay top dollar for these lawyers in high profile cases? Seems to me there should be caps on what lawyers can charge. It is a win-win for a lawyer and a lose lose for the public.

  • Frank

    But our Governor won’t sign a death warrant for this creep. Jay I hope you sleep well giving this killer a free pass on life. His victims received no mercy.

    • JMG

      Now if it were one of the governor’s kids or his wife that this creep had murdered, maybe just maybe he’d feel differently. Just a guess. We need a governor that will sign death warrants on all creeps on death row, and see that each is executed immediately. This is past ridiculous.

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  • glenn

    It doesn’t matter our dear spineless govenor put a morritorium on it any way so nothing is going to happen to him other than his 3 hots and a cot he gets now, the tax payers get to feed him a little longer untill some body with a BACKBONE gets into office…Wishful thinking in a liberal mecca like washington.